Learn as you explore

Sushma Rana

girl “Hey! look, look! These ants are walking in a line!” You hear the excitement in their voices and the claps and peals of laughter. When you look at their faces you get a glimpse of all the emotions they are feeling – wonder, curiosity, excitement, happiness.

Why do we believe that learning can happen only within the four walls of a classroom? Why do we curb the natural instinct of young kids to explore? A simple walk in and around the school/neighbourhood can teach children a lot more than simply sitting in the classroom. Try taking your pupils out for an exploratory walk. Remember not to give too many complex instructions which will only spoil the purpose of the activity. Of course, simple instructions such as – walk in small groups, do not run or push others, look around, observe and collect objects you find interesting – can be given. Once that is done you are ready to start your expedition with these young explorers. Once you come back from your walk let your students drink water (which is a must); give them five minutes to settle down before you can begin your activities. You will be amazed at how many different subjects you can teach them using this simple exercise. But before you start make sure that you have chart paper, colour pencils, and chalk. The activities listed here may run over several class periods, so you may wish to choose those that are most appropriate to your group. Children at this level react very well to immediate experience, so make the most of what they have to say about their short walk and build upon that.

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